The Voter -  June 2018


  • Local Control Options for Hill Country Counties Public Forum
  • Town Hall on Gun Violence
  • LWV Regional Workshop on County Authority
  • New Braunfels Park Land Development Fees



Roxanna Deane
VP - Organization
Dawn Medeiros

VP - Program
Kathie Jinks
VP - Voters Service
Robin Engel  & Susan Herr
Betty Colley
Gloria Suarez Sasser
Director, Publicity
Jerrie Champlin


Janyth Frederickson

Membership Chair

Jenny Ayala
Chair, Nominating Committee
Fran Hargrove

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Mark your Calendars


WHAT:     LWV-San Antonio Area: “Eminent Domain”

WHEN:     Monday, June 4: 6 - 8 pm

WHERE:   Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad, SA

Description: Who should be able to exercise eminent domain, and for what purposes? What are landowner rights in eminent domain disputes?  MORE INFORMATION


WHAT:     Local Control Options for Hill Country Counties

WHEN:     Tuesday, June 5: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

WHERE:    GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159


WHAT:      Town Hall on Gun Violence

WHEN:      Saturday, June 9: 2 to 4 PM

WHERE:    New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E Common St.


WHAT:     LWV Regional Workshop on County Authority

WHEN:     Saturday, Aug. 4: 11 - 3 pm

WHERE:   Tye Preston Memorial Library,

                16311 South Access Road, Canyon Lake

                 League Members ONLY


Welcome New Members


Peggy and Gilberto (Chili) Ornelas


Monique Thaden


Sondra von Gyllenband


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From the President


First I want to thank those members who said yes when asked if they would serve on the Board. Their names are on the list to the left. I appreciate the work and wisdom of those members who just came off the Board, Darlene Hicks and Bonnie Leitch.


Summer is the time that we plan activities for Sept. 2018 - May 2019.  Please email me with your ideas.  


Later this summer members will receive a link to a Member Interest Survey.  This will be different than last year's as our activities will be different.  It is important that everyone complete the form.  This will tell the Board who they can call to work on various activities. 



As Grace Chimene, President of LWV-Texas, said at our annual meeting, "The League is awake and is fighting for our democracy!" The Comal League continues to work hard in our community. We speak out; we form partnerships; we conduct meetings on a wide variety of issues important to residents; we register voters; and we provide opportunities for voters to learn about candidates.


I am thrilled that our membership is growing and that together we are making and will continue to make a positive difference in the Comal Area.


Roxanna Deane




Local Control Options

for Hill Country Counties


This is a public forum to consider the need for fast-growing counties in the Hill Country to have more control in unincorporated areas regarding incompatible land uses and other impacts of development.                                                                                                                                        Co-sponsored by LWV-Comal Area, Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, and Preserve Our Hill Country Environment




Town Hall on Gun Violence

The March for Our Lives Town Hall Project is sponsoring a community discussion about gun violence.  Candidates for Texas Senate District 25, Republican candidate Senator Donna Campbell and Democratic Party candidate Steven Kling  have been invited. 


New Braunfels Police Chief Tom Wibert will be there to offer the perspective of law enforcement on the topic of gun violence. Other speakers include  Susan Nelson, Gun violence survivor, activist and board member of Texas Gun Sense and Selina Eshraghi, UT student, gun violence prevention student activist and one of the lead student organizers for Austin March for Our Lives.


The League of Women Voters is not a sponsor of this meeting but we will have a voter registration table at the event.


LWV Regional Workshop

on County Authority



Our League has invited members of LWV-Hill Country, LWV-Austin Area, LWV-Hays County, and LWV-San Antonio to a workshop to explore introducing legislation in the 2019 Legislative Session regarding additional county authority for fast-growing counties.  All interested members are urged to attend. READ MORE


New Braunfels Park Land

Development Fees


Thanks to everyone that reached out to their City Council members and who  showed up to speak to the Council about fees that developers are required to pay in order to fund land acquisition and development for parks.  At the second reading on May 14, the Council did make two changes to what had initially been proposed.  The development fee for the first year was raised so at least as much money collected will be the same as is currently collected.  Also the standards for the parks that developers create in lieu of payment were greatly strengthened.  The Council also noted that they would look closely at this ordinance again next year.



Contact our President:
Roxanna Deane, 830-935-4635 or


Send dues of $60 per person or $90 per household to:
LWV-Comal Area, P.O. Box 311324, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1324.
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